A Schaeferean Drama: Act Vi

August 17, 1998|By Laura Lippman

Week Six of former Gov. William Donald Schaefer's exciting run for state comptroller brings these insights in an Aug. 13 Los Angeles Times story on "Maryland's most famous crab."

Baltimore "oddballs are a fading breed ... but Schaefer's return comes as evidence that the town and its cockeyed political culture have not gone blandly normal yet."

: Sure, he's a little eccentric, but he's not just famous for being a fool. ... I wish he was running for president. He'd have my vote." -- John Waters

And now, this week in Schaefer history, Aug. 16-22, 1986:

In his first race for governor, Mayor Schaefer refuses to again debate his primary opponent, Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs, so Sachs holds a City Hall press conference to decry the conditions at city schools under Schaefer.

Two hours later, Schaefer goes to City College, his alma mater, to declare that the schools are in great shape.

He also says four candidates' forums and one radio debate are enough, but Washington Post reporter Tom Kenworthy presses the issue. The mayor is displeased: "The Washington Post has difficulty understanding my English," he says. "I've done it five times and I'm not going to do it again. Most of the papers are able to understand my English except those in foreign outland areas ..."

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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